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Empowering Our Future Leaders

By Rochelle Benoit

The major issues affecting our communities, and our world, are not lost on today’s youth. They want to make a difference and take on these challenges, but they often feel ill-equipped and disconnected.

Building on the “Me to We” concept, EPYC (Empowering Proactive Youth and Communities) designed a program to connect youth to community, provide them with mentoring opportunities and help them realize that their skills and ideas have value.


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Responding To The Needs Of Our Youth

By Rochelle Benoit

In our local high schools, students with mental health challenges are facing a harsh reality. If they don’t fit within specific guidelines of a diagnosis, they are left to fend for themselves, often resulting in chronic absenteeism, disconnecting from school and school-based activities, and eventually leading to a withdrawal from school altogether.

Carizon Family and Community Services, in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board, received a grant from The KWCF to develop specialized programming to address the needs of these at-risk students.


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Riders Wanted!

By Rochelle Benoit

The Working Centre is helping to breakdown transportation barriers, making our community a healthier place, one bike ride at a time.


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Building Non-Profit Capacity

By Rochelle Benoit

The potential at The Family Centre to foster and develop partnerships was quickly realized, and the concept of a non-profit ‘Community Hub’ was a logical next step. It also addressed a key need in the community: small and startup non-profits were facing financial and logistical challenges, creating barriers to developing sustainable organizations able to meet community needs


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Partnership Grows Food Education To New Heights

By Rochelle Benoit

Two unlikely partners have taken a passion for community building, environmental stewardship and sustainable food production and together have grown it into something spectacular.

The Hacienda Sarria and The Working Centre have come together to create the Hacienda Sarria Market Garden and to offer fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers to the downtown core. Designed as a “teaching garden” the Hacienda Sarria Market Garden also offers hands on learning opportunities for youth and newcomers to this community through their volunteer program.


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Together Really Is Better

By Rochelle Benoit

One of the things that make Waterloo Region unique is the diverse cultural groups that make up our population. Many of these wonderful cultures each have supportive groups that run activities or programs. Programs and groups such as the African Canadian Association, the Coalition for Muslim Women or the South Sudanese group often struggle for resources such as meeting space, governance and administrative consultation and networking opportunities.

Enter KW Counselling Services.


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Collaborating For The Environment...And The Community

By Rochelle Benoit

Some may think that climate change is a global issue – something handled by our federal government. However, it is widely recognized that local communities have a unique and important role to play toward helping Canada meet its climate change and clean air objectives.

The Waterloo Region Green Solutions (REEP), Sustainable Waterloo, and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo have formed a collaboration to develop a communitywide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and action plan for Waterloo Region. This initiative, called The Climate Collaborative, will help strengthen the capacity of our community to pursue actions towards climate protection.


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Good Sport Can Make A Difference

By Rochelle Benoit

True Sport is an exciting movement sweeping across our country. Communities, groups, teams, and individuals from coast to coast are joining forces to ensure that sport of all levels is providing a positive, meaningful, and enriching experience for all who participate.

“Community sport inspires friendship, learning, health, and personal growth,” shares Rosemary Smith, CEO of The KWCF. “These traits are strong influencers of a vital community, which is at the root of the Foundation’s work.”


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Letting Kids be Kids - The A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA

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Behind the scenes the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA strengthens our community by providing opportunities for personal growth and active involvement for children, youth, adults, and families, but really, they're just letting kids be kids.


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Through their new Creative Arts Program, The Alzheimer Society of Kitchener-Waterloo is hoping to connect two worlds - arts and culture to health and wellness.


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